Combat deforestation in the Wampies tropical forest

Combat deforestation in the Wampies tropical forest

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
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Dates / Project duration

January 2018 - August 2021 / 44 months

Field of action :

Combating deforestation

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Project sponsor(s) :

Size of Whales



In 2015 the Wampis indigenous people formally established their own system of self government to manage, control and protect almost 1.4 million hectares of their customary territory on behalf of almost 15,000 Wampis people and future generations. This consists principally of lowland rainforest on two river catchments separated by the biologically rich Kampankis Mountains (1435m).

Considering the significant role of tropical deforestation in exacerbating climate change and given the growing evidence-based recognition of the role that legally demarcated indigenous territories are playing in forest conservation, this project aims to secure Wampís territory or ‘community conservancy’, with strong territorial governance and implementation of sustainable livelihoods practices and income generation activities through efficient and sustainable agricultural techniques.

The project also monitors change in land use and forest loss, as well as benefits thousands of people in the indigenous group.